Tynedale Hospice at Home has joined forces with two Hexham businesses to encourage people to ‘bake a difference’ by getting involved in its annual Big Tynedale Bake campaign which launches on 14 April.

TastyBITES and Robson & Sons Butchers are supporting this year’s campaign by creating the perfect sausage roll and to kick-start the campaign they will be selling them at a Big Bake stall at the Farmers Market in Hexham Market Place on Saturday, 14 April between 9am and 1pm.

Tim Graham, owner of Robson & Sons, said: “We’re delighted to partnering TastyBITES by providing the award-winning Hexhamshire sausage meat to go in the Tasty Bite sausage roll.  We are proud to be a local business supporting such a worthwhile charity that helps so many people.”

Deb Humble from TastyBITES added: “Our customers return again and again for our sausage rolls so for everyone we sell during the Big Bake campaign we’ll be making a contribution to the Hospice. Tynedale Hospice at Home provides wonderful support in the community and as a local business we’re really pleased to be involved.

Now in its third year, the Big Tynedale Bake has raised over £10,000 to support its nursing care in the home, Family Support and Hospital Transport Services.

Cathy Bates, Tynedale Hospice at Home’s community fundraiser said: “Our Big Bake campaign is a popular fundraiser but we thought we’d bring it back with a difference this year. Most people think of baking something sweet for a coffee morning or bake sale but not everyone likes sweet things.  This year, we’re encouraging any type of baking so if a savoury pie tickles your taste buds more than a cup cake, you can still get involved.”

“Last year, we raised over £5,000 through the Big Tynedale Bake but we’d love to top this if we can.  Whether you’re part of community group, school, a local business or simply just want to invite a few friends over for a cuppa and a cake or pie, please get involved. We can supply you with our Big Bake Fundraising Pack, which includes everything you need to host your own event.”

All funds raised will support the work of the Hospice which provides palliative nursing care to people in their own homes, Family Support Services for people experiencing bereavement and a Hospital Transport Service to people living in Tynedale, West Northumberland, Ponteland and the surrounding areas.

Cathy continued “The need for our services continues to grow.  In the last year, we provided over 4,916 hours of nursing care in the home, enabling 86 people to die at home at they had wished.  Our Family Support and Hospital Transport Services are also in high demand.

“It costs over £800,000 to run these services each year and 90% of this must be raised through fundraising activities and voluntary giving.  We hope the Big Tynedale Bake will capture people’s imagination and they will rush to pull on their aprons and get involved.”

The Big Tynedale Bake will is taking place throughout the Spring and Summer.  If you’d like to get involved, please email: fundraising@tynedalehospice.com, telephone 01434 606 444 or visit www.tynedalehospice.com/event-the-big-tynedale-bake